The Swiss National Day celebrates the foundation of the Swiss Confederacy. Held on August 1, the national holiday has been officially recognised since 1994. The date was picked because of the early August signing of the Federal Charter of 1291, which is seen as the founding of Switzerland when three cantons joined together in a confederation.
One of the year’s most important days, the Swiss National Day is celebrated across the country with local and regional events. Some of the most popular events include the illumination of the scenic Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen, which is just an hour from Zurich by S-Bahn. Fireworks along the Rhine in Basel and celebrations at the Rutli Meadow near Lake Lucerne are also popular events. In Zurich, visitors can expect jovial celebrations throughout the city and fireworks over the lake. Visitors can even buy their own fireworks and launch them from parks and other public spaces with locals.
Book hotel Zurich accommodation well in advance if you are interested in spending the Swiss National Day in the city. The day of independence falls during the peak season and booking in advance can help you get the best possible rates, and guarantee a room.